Meet a Member – Madison Schroeder

Hi Madison, tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.

I’m originally from Missoula. I live on the Westside now but grew up in the South Hills. Went to Sentinel High School. Played golf in college for Nebraska and Montana.

How did you get involved with Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC)? What was the draw and where do you hope it leads you?

I became involved with the ZACC when I started volunteering with them about 3 years ago. The Rock Camps we hosted for kids became so popular it’s now a full time job. The music program is called the Alternative Music Project, and I am the director of that program.

How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

I went to my first CrossFit with some friends of mine who attend another gym just because I wanted to get back into fitness. I researched options online and was super happy to find Ian, who has an athletic background like I do. I trust him. I have a friend who competes nationally as well, she’s a badass and an inspiration. I started in December before Xmas.

So you’re relatively new to CrossFit. Tell us how CrossFit compares to what you thought it would be like? In what ways is it what you expected, in what ways is it not what you expected?

CrossFit is pretty much what I expected. I like that there’s a set workout of the day and trainers available. I don’t have to think about my workout I just have to start it and get it done. I do think it’s important for people to have a good understanding of lifting technique before they start, but I think Scott and Ian do a good job of explaining and reminding people as they workout.

What CrossFit class do you typically attend?

I usually go to the morning classes, I like to get it done before I start the rest of my day.

You’re very involved with music. What is your top choice for workout music while you’re at the gym?

I like to workout to any music that is tough, doesn’t matter what the genre is. Could be rock, rap, or country.

Do you have any specific fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in 2016?

For 2016 I just want to be healthy. I’m not focused on how much I weigh, I care mostly about having good balance and functional strength. Even though I just started I already have felt better skiing which is really nice.

What pushes you in CrossFit? When you’re about to drop down for that 50th burpee, or do that 30th pull-up, what keeps you going? Where do you go in your head?

When I feel like I can’t do anymore I just zone out and try to remind myself that it will be easier next time if I finish today. When I feel like I’ve maxed out I always try to do one more.

Thanks Madison!

Meet Our Newest Intern, Katie Schermele

Hi Katie, tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.

I am 22 years old and am from Great Falls, MT. I grew up playing basketball and softball and, admittedly, was a bit of a tom boy. My first two years of college I played softball at MSU-Billings and transferred to Missoula last fall. I am currently a student at UM and will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science this coming spring. After I graduate I plan on applying for physical therapy school and hope to work with athletes and sports injury rehabilitation. I work part time at Alpine Physical Therapy as an aide and love it.

You’re going to be joining 5 Valleys as an intern soon. Can you tell us what you’ll be doing during your internship, and what you’re hoping to gain/learn?

I am so excited about getting to intern with everyone at 5 Valleys! I am looking forward to learning the fundamentals each movement and how to communicate and help others with form and technique. I know that getting to watch the different coaches will expose me to so many new and different ways to explain movements and how to motivate others. And, thanks to the support of Ian and other coaches at 5 Valleys, I am also looking forward to taking the CrossFit Level 1 Certification Course at the end of January! My goal is to become certified, gain confidence, and eventually get to coach!

How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

I first tried CrossFit the summer of 2013 to stay in shape for softball. It was hard at first because I am extremely stubborn; it was hard to be a “beginner”. I had to put in extra time to work on so many movements. Once I could see progress, it was so amazing and rewarding! I have been loving it ever since.

Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in 2016?

One of my goals for 2016 is to participate in my first CrossFit competition. I have considered competing ever since I started the sport in 2013 but I just haven’t felt 100% ready. I want to feel confident in all Rx movements before I compete (including muscle-ups!) and I am hoping to compete sometime this coming year.

How is CrossFit different than other fitness programs you’ve been a part of in the past?

The things I love about CrossFit is that it is different every day and that it brings an exciting, competitive edge to exercise. With other workout classes or programs, I would find myself getting bored or worn out doing the same thing. I feel like CrossFit faces me with something new every day and challenges me to better myself.

What pushes you in CrossFit? When you’re about to drop down for that 50th burpee, or do that 30th pull-up, what keeps you going? Where do you go in your head?

I have always been extremely competitive and hard on myself. Whenever I am in a tough spot in a workout, I always tell myself to be better. I think, “Come on.. you’re better than this. Keep going!” Not the best positive self talk, but it seems to work for me!

You never know what music will be playing at 5 Valleys, it all seems to depend on the coach and the day of the week (and I’m thinking perhaps the weather as well). If you were in control, what would your top choice for workout music be?

I like a huge variety of music, depending on my mood. During a workout I like a few different genres. I could work with 80’s rock like ACDC or Def Leppard, old school hip-hop like NWA or Biggie, or today’s rap like Kanye or G-Eazy.

If you were put in charge for a day at 5 Valleys, what WOD (workout of the day) would you design, assuming you yourself had to participate as well?

I like wod’s that are descending in reps (ie 21-18-15…) I know once I get through the longer rounds that it is all down hill from there! I don’t dislike a lot of movements. Some of my favorite movements are pistols, pull-ups, and almost all Olympic lifts.

Thanks Katie!

Meet a Member – David McEvoy

Hi David, tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.

I’ve lived in Missoula with my wife for about 25 years, went to graduate school here, have been unemployed here, and like most people I know in Missoula cobble things together to have the privilege of living in such a beautiful place. We have two wonderful daughters, one at Hellgate HS and the other at Washington MS. I’m a medic for Missoula’s ambulance service and run a small business.

How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

Our younger daughter used to take fencing in the room next to 5 Valleys CF, and dropping her off there I used to think, “who are those nuts jumping on boxes?” I had never seen or heard of it before. That was three years ago.

Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in the coming year?

I suck at running and lifting things over my head, so I’d like to run faster and lift heavier things over my head.

What kind of exercise or sports were you doing pre-CrossFit?

In comparison, really nothing. I hike, hunt, and commute on my bike, but if it weren’t for the gym, the great coaches and the amazingly supportive other members, I would never torture myself like this.

I internet-stalked you before this interview and found out that you founded, or were involved in founding Aerie, a backcountry medicine training program. How do see CrossFit making someone more prepared for dealing with backcountry medical emergencies?

Obviously, being fit, having a stronger back and joints, will make it less likely that you will roll, twist or otherwise hurt those areas. More importantly, though, I think CrossFit convinces you that you can do things that you otherwise might think you couldn’t . Most survival situations come down to mental fitness. Not to sound like a motivational speaker (think Chris Farley), but are you going to panic and do something silly because you think you can’t survive, or are you going to hunker down and figure it out? I think throwing an 8 or 20 pound ball over your head, over and over, when you think you can’t even stand up, will have tremendous psychological benefits if you are faced with a dire emergency where nobody is coming to get you. At least that’s what I tell myself and my students.

What does living in Missoula mean to you? What has kept you here all these years?

Missoula is a fantastic place to raise children. We love the community and love the access to wild places.

Winter is almost upon us, assuming we get some snow this year, what does winter look like for you?

Winter will involve a lot of travel for work.

Thanks David!

Meet Coach Scott

Today we are hearing from Coach Scott Johnson! How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

I first got into CrossFit in April of 2014, Kayla and I had watched the CrossFit Games for a few years but never really “pulled the trigger” to go do it. Then we met David, the previous owner, and he got us started and we immediately fell in love!

How did you get into coaching?

I started coaching 6 months after beginning CrossFit. As noted above, it was love at first sight! I got my level 1 just before Liz and Ian bought the gym and Ian really encouraged me to get started in coaching. So, that’s how it all began. Now y’all are stuck with me.

What is your favorite part about coaching?

That’s simple. It’s the people. That’s what this is really all about. I love meeting people and getting to know each and every client at 5 Valleys CrossFit.

If there was one movement you wished people would slow down and really focus on mastering, what would it be and why?

One movement….probably the Snatch. If we all would take the time to master that, the clean will come easy to us. Plus, anytime you’re pulling a weight from the floor to overhead in one movement the danger level is high.

Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in 2016?

This may sound a little funny, but I am looking to gain some significant weight in 2016. I have always struggled to keep weight off, so instead of fighting the weight gain I am going to embrace it. God did not give me the genetics of a skinny person and that’s ok. So some number goals, to keep me honest, if I could add another 20#-25# of body weight and 60# to my olympic lifts 2016 would be a screaming success. Lofty goals I know, but when broken down 60# is only 5# per month. So, a little “coaching” here, small numbers add up really quickly in the long run. Take it slow and you may just surprise yourself.

Besides coaching, you’ve got a very interesting business that you’re working to get off the ground. What can you tell us about that, both what the business is, and the motivation behind it?

I am working to get a food truck off the ground. As it stands right now, I need to get a grant written so I can use the money to buy the truck. I don’t want to have to pay myself a wage once I open the truck (see below as to why). My motivations behind it are many. When I was a younger I was not a model citizen. I was extremely blessed to not have gotten myself into too much trouble. So, I am looking to help those in a similar situation I was in. I would like to work with the pre-release center, the Poverello Center, YWCA, etc., to give people “at the end of their rope” a solid place to work and even use the truck as a training tool for others to start their own food truck or restaurant. Really, I just want to help people that need it.

Every time I come to the gym, I see you in here. What’s it like to have the 5 Valleys gym as a second home? Is Ian a pretty good landlord?

Well…living so far out of town, if I come in in the morning I stay until the evening so I don’t have to make two trips. I can’t explain what it means to me and my family how welcoming Ian has been and how open to letting us use his space he has been. It seriously is like a second home and I want to thank the 5 Valleys CrossFit community as a whole for letting my children chill out while you are smashing weights. You all are truly thought of as a second family.

It’s common knowledge that your kids are some of the cutest in Missoula, what’s the secret there?

Marry a hot wife…seriously that’s all I got on that one.

Thanks Scott!

Meet a Member – John Heaney

Hi John, tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.

I’m an overly proud native of Anaconda, Montana, where I grew up in an Irish-Catholic family of seven. I graduated high school in 1997, enrolled at the University of Montana, and pretty much have been in Missoula ever since, except for a few years. I have an awesome wife, Sasha, who I’ve known (and have had a mad crush on) since we met at daycare when were four years old. She didn’t wise up and start dating me until we were in our mid-20s, though. We have two rad kids: Madeline, who’s nine, and little Charlie, who’s almost ten months. I’m a word nerd, and I’ve been a journalist for almost 12 years. I’ve worked as a sports writer and editor at newspapers in Anaconda, Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Missoula, but for the past five years, I’ve been the editor-in-chief of the Montanan, which is UM’s magazine. I love my job. I get to learn and write about topics ranging from the human brain to the Harlem Globetrotters. Plus having my own office on campus is sweet.

How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

I’ve been on a “path to fitness” for almost two years now. Through working with a trainer and eating low-carb, I’ve lost 55 pounds. But my trainer recently got a new job and quit working with me, so I needed something new. I tried working out on my own, but I missed the structure and the camaraderie of training with a partner. Enter CrossFit. I was told that 5 Valleys was the best box in Missoula, so I tried it out. I’ve been at it for six weeks now, and I’m hooked.

We first met at the Olympic Lifting class that 5 Valleys offers on Thursday nights. What drew you to those classes?

The opportunity to learn and improve drew me in. I’m a bit nervous about holding heavy weights over my head, so the more practice I get, the better I’ll become. Cleans and snatches are totally new movements for me, so the Oly class gives me a chance to hone my technique. And the classes I’ve been to were rather small, so I got some great individual coaching.

[note: the Olympic Lifting class is available to all members of 5 Valleys on Thursday nights at 5:30pm]

You’re relatively new to CrossFit, what has been the hardest part of getting into this sport for you?

Honestly, the hardest part about CrossFit is not gushing about it to everyone and becoming a stereotypical “CrossFit Bro.” I’m hooked, and I want people to know what a great thing it is. Of course the workouts are hard, and all of the new movements are difficult (and sometimes frustrating), but to me, that challenge is the fun part.

Do you have any specific fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in the next year?

Right now, since I’m so new to this, I just want to keep getting better with every workout. It’s a learning process, but – especially with the coaches we have – I feel like I can improve every day and eventually choose specific goals to accomplish. (Like a sit-up, consecutive double-unders, a full workout at the prescribed weight.) Long term, I think it would be awesome to not be scared to do a workout with my shirt off. Not that I ever would, but to conquer that fear would be so rad.

What are the biggest changes you’ve seen physically and mentally since starting CrossFit?

Physically, I’ve noticed I’m not nearly as doughy as I was, and I’m a bit more toned. Those physical results will come, but I need to be patient. Mentally, though, is where I’ve noticed the biggest impact. For example, I cranked out five strict pull-ups the other day. The euphoria I felt was amazing. I love the sense of accomplishment and the end of a workout. I’m totally spent, but I know I finished it, and that’s a powerful feeling.

Who is one action hero from a movie that you’d like to be, and why?

This is a great question. I guess I’d have to say I’d like to be Johnny Utah, played by Keanu Reeves in the 1991 classic Point Break. He’s cool, he played football, he learns to surf, he gets to skydive, he gets the girl, and he is an F…B…I…agent. (And it’s a travesty that this movie is being remade.)

When we don’t see you at the gym what are you most likely to be doing?

Well with two kids, I spend most of my time with family. I’m also a huge sports fan, especially Griz basketball, so we go to as many games as we can. But my true passion is golf. I’ve played for 20-plus years, and I love it. It’s a sport where you can always improve, kind of like CrossFit. (And yes, I just compared CrossFit to golf.) Perfection is unattainable in both. There’s always a putt I could have made, or maybe a heavier lift I could’ve done. It’s the challenge that keeps me coming back.

Thanks John!

Coach Ryan

Hi Ryan, tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.
I grew up in Western Montana and graduated from Charlo high school in 2006.
I played baseball, basketball, football and ran track. After school I joined the Montana Army National Guard to pay for college. I ended up going to school a little later than I wanted but I’m now in my senior year and I’m pumped for it to be done.

How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?
Ive been CrossFitting for 4 years now. During my first year of college in 2011 my girlfriend at the time (now my fiancé), Samantha recommended it. It got set up through the program at the university and fell instantly in love with the workouts and the people I surrounded myself with there.

How did you get into coaching?
Coaching was always something I was interested in, but I didn’t get into it until 2014. Ian and Liz were about to buy the gym from Dave, Dave introduced me to Ian and it was pretty much that simple. I went and got my cert a few weeks later and then I came back and jumped into coaching classes. Best job I’ve ever had hands down.

What is your favorite part about coaching?
I really enjoy watching people improve and grow as athletes, it might be the most satisfying part of the job. I also love seeing motivate each other.

Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in 2015?
I’d love to get my snatch to 225, clean to 265 and back squat to 330 by February.

Do you see yourself getting more into the competitive side of CrossFit and going to more competitions?
I love competing in competitions. I will go to any that I am able to. With work, an internship, national guard, and school I don’t always have the time unfortunately.

What is your favorite way to spend your time outside the gym and work?
Spending time with Samantha and our dogs is at the top of the list, pretty much doing anything with them is a great time. I love to snowboard and get out into the snow, hang out on the river and lake in the summer. Unproductive activities are some of my favorites.

You’re looking to join the Police Force correct? What is drawing you into that field and where do you hope it takes you?
Yep, I’ve been interning with the Missoula Police Department for the last year. I really enjoy the ever-changing day-to-day work that they encounter. I believe I could make a difference in the community and would love to be given the opportunity to do just that. If I am hired I’d like to work towards k9 or street crimes.

Well Ryan I know I enjoy having you as a coach and am glad that you’re at 5 Valleys. Do you have anything you’d like to say to the members reading this interview?
It may be cliché but fitness is a marathon, not sprint. Take the time to dial in technique and practice movements and footwork. Also don’t take yourself too seriously.

Meet a Member – Samuel Mandell

Hi Samuel, tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.

I grew up in San Diego, went to college in Orange County, and moved up to the Silicon Valley after college to work in tech. I did that for seven years at Microsoft and before deciding that I needed to move on from that life and into something new. My work had become stale and I was feeling very stuck, unable to know what it was I wanted to do, and seemingly unable to do anything about it.

At the end of 2013 Liz (my wife) and I quit our jobs, got married, and then moved to Ennis, Montana to housesit for a friend who very generously gave us use of her house as she was trying to sell it. We stayed in Ennis for 10 months before realizing it was too small and then moved to Missoula.

I now run my own coaching business called The Little Yes, which helps individuals who feel stuck in their jobs as I once did to find clarity to move forward into a career they will love.

How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

I had friends who joined a new gym across the street from my workplace called CrossFit Mountain View. This was the first satellite gym of the now enormous and well-know NorCal CrossFit group of gyms. I remember going to the on-ramp class and realizing how out of shape and in trouble I was. My legs would be going numb and feel like jello after the warm-up, and I would have no idea how I was going to get through the workouts.

That was 4 years ago and I’ve been crossfitting for almost 3 years total now (took a break in between to try something else). It is the ONLY exercise system that has worked for me because it gives me structure. All I have to do is commit to show up at the gym, and the coaches take care of the rest. I’m stronger and in better shape than I’ve ever been in my life and I just love it.

What would your dream CrossFit workout look like?

I really love EMOM (every-minute-on-the-minute) style workouts. I like that there is some small set of work that we do, get a small rest, and then perform it again. I feel like I’m able to get into a good rhythm and give every movement my all since I know that I’ll get some rest in just a few seconds (versus having to grind through for 10 minutes until a workout is over to get some rest).

What would your nightmare workout look like?

Whitten. It was the last workout I did (scaled) at my previous gym in California and it took me 44 minutes and 55 seconds (5 seconds under the cut-off). For those of you not familiar here it is:

Five rounds for time of:
22 Kettlebell swings, 2 pood
22 Box jump, 24 inch box
Run 400 meters
22 Burpees
22 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball

What is your favorite place to eat in Missoula and why?

Wally and Buck. FOR SURE. It’s a new hamburger food truck that’s usually at Kettlehouse South and their burgers are out-of-control-good.

Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in the next year?

My wife Liz and I are starting to come to the gym three times a week instead of two and I’m very curious about what kinds of gains we’ll see. My goals would be to learn to do double-unders, string together toes-to-bar, and be able to do ring dips without a band.

Why are you interviewing yourself?

I’ve come onboard the 5 Valleys Crossfit team to handle member interviews, so many of you will be contacted by me over the next few weeks and months to be interviewed. Don’t worry, I’m a really nice guy… usually 🙂

Is it weird interviewing yourself?

Not at all! As an introvert (or crazy person) I actually talk to myself all the time.

I hear 5 Valleys CrossFit is offering a new and very unique service to its members, FOR FREE! Can you tell us about it?

The coaches at 5 Valleys do an AWESOME job providing feedback about our movements and performance. Sometimes though we just need to see what we’re doing for ourselves before it will really click.

With that in mind 5 Valleys is offering a new service for the Olympic Lifting class that I will be assisting with, which is to film participants doing their lifts in slow motion (at 120 frames per second) and email them their personal edited videos after the class. This will allow them to review their lifts and pick up small issues that they need to work on.

All you need to do to take advantage of this service is show up to the Olympic lifting class on Thursday evening at 5:30pm and let me know that you’d like to be filmed. It’s a very casual process and I’ve already been hearing feedback from members that it was really helpful to get these videos.

When we don’t see you at the gym what are you most likely to be doing?

I’m likely at the Break Espresso cafe working and trying not to listen in on other people’s conversations. During dinner time I’m probably trying a new recipe and forgetting to taste the food before I serve it (I just started cooking last year). On weekends I’m hopefully outdoors and on a hike with my beautiful wife.

Meet a Member – Corey Regini

Hi Corey, tell us about yourself, where you grew up, work, school, family etc.
I was born in Pittsburgh, Pa and I’m the oldest of four kids. I went to HS in Milwaukee, Wi and moved to Missoula to go to college. In HS I was on the soccer team and also on the football team! I was the kicker. I graduated from UM in 2009 with a BS in chemistry. I started working at the KettleHouse that July and I’m still there. I’ve worked most of the jobs on the production side of the brewery: canning line, filter operator, packaging manager and brewer. Currently, I am the Lead Brewer at the Northside which is our production brewery. Every KH can gets brewed and canned at the Northside. My original recipes include Sapped Out Maple Stout, Female Cream Ale and Cooler Times Kolsch Style Ale. I am also heavily involved in the Pink Boots Society and started the Montana Chapter.

What were you doing before CrossFit and what made you want to get into it?
Before I starting doing Crossfit I was just a runner. My brother introduced me to Crossfit and I’m hooked. I took a break from crossfit in the spring of 2014 when I was training for the Missoula marathon. I ending up finishing the marathon in 6 hours flat. I broke my foot between miles 12 and 13. I have a little bit of a competitive spirit and was determined to finish my first marathon. I did not know my foot was broken. After missing a month of work and 6 months of exercise I rejoined crossfit and haven’t looked back. I completed my second half marathon in July in a new personal best of 1 hour and 59 minutes.

You’ve been seeing some awesome results the last few months can you talk a bit about what those are and how you got there?
After the half marathon I upped my crossfit membership to unlimited. I’ve been coming five days a week for the past two months. I did see improvements coming two days a week but recently my gains have been exponential. I’m down 22lbs and 8.5% body fat. In the spring I completed the drop it like its hot challenge and that helped me get back on the mostly paleo eating train. I also am so much stronger now. I recently PR’d my back squat, push-press, snatch and power clean!

 

What keeps you motivated and training regularly at 5 Valleys CrossFit?
I keep coming back to 5 Valleys Crossfit for so many reasons! First off, I have seen such an improvement in not only my physical appearance but my mental health. I am so much happier. I’ve found its easier to succeed with the amazing support 5 Valleys Crossfit provides. Ian and Liz are great coaches and resources when I have other questions. I love how the workouts are constantly changing and always challenging. All of the coaches are great! They are constantly encouraging, providing technique tips and pushing me to lifting just a little more. I would not have seen the improvements I made with out the coaches! I also really enjoy the other members of the gym. Everyone is constantly encouraging each other and providing tips or personal experiences. 5 Valleys isn’t just a gym its a lifestyle and a family.

As lead brewer at the Northside Kettlehouse you’ve got easy access to a lot of beer. How do you keep yourself in check and do you have any tips for avoiding temptation for others?
Working at the brewery can be challenging while trying to meet healthy eating goals. Do I drink beer?! Heck yes I do! However, I have significantly cut down on the number of beers I drink. I could have a pint after every shift I work but instead I choose to attend a crossfit class or walk my dogs. Instead of having two beers I have one and take my time to enjoy it. I also have a terrible sweet tooth. I highly encourage people to participate in one of the challenges that 5 Valleys puts on or even a 21 day sugar detox. Both of these helped me get my sweet tooth under control and I can honestly say I rarely eat sweets these days. I also bought a local Community Garden Share this year. This has forced me to eat way more vegetables. I eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has also made me try vegetables I would never buy. Turns out I like damn near vegetable you can grow in Missoula!

 

What are your goals for the last few months of 2015?
My fitness goals for the rest of 2015 are to continue to get stronger and get leaner! I know my welcome card to the 200lb squat club is right around the corner as well as the more than five pull ups club!

What would your favorite Pandora station be to workout to?
I am a horrible DJ. I honestly love most stations that are played at the gym, except Country. Rap and hiphop stations are my kind of workout music.

When we can’t find you at the gym or brewing beer at work where will you most likely be?
If I’m not brewing or at the gym you would definitely find me in my kitchen!! I love to cook, pretty much nonstop! And otherwise I’d be spend time with my boyfriend and my two dogs!

Meet a Member – Rebecca Miller

Hi Rebecca tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.

I grew up in Frenchtown and have lived in the Missoula area all my life except for about 8 months when Jon and I were in Alaska. We have been married for 10 years and have a beautiful 2 year old, Hunter. In the winter we usually do alot of snowmobiling but the past couple of years I haven’t gone as much. Then as soon as spring hits we are making plans for trips to the sand dunes. We have a couple four-wheelers and a sandrail we’ll take this year. Jon just got the rail running and it has been a challenge to keep Hunter out of it. He definately has the motorhead bug like Dad. If Jon’s outside Hunter is usually crying at the door to go out too. I love that about Hunter. He is pretty content to be anywhere, but he would much rather be outside. I work for Missoula County in the medical benefits department. I enjoy my job but I sit alot so I try to be up on my feet at home.

What kind of exercise or sports were you doing pre-CrossFit?

I am pretty bad at anything that requires catching, hitting, or throwing a ball. I ran crosscountry and track in highschool. Running was pretty much the only thing I did to work out with maybe a little weight training. I’m not very fast but its something I do enjoy. I always say I’m slow but steady. I’ve ran some 5K races but proud to say I ran the Missoula Marathon a couple of years ago. It was alot of training and time commitment but total worth it. It was alot of fun.

What made you decide to give CrossFit a go and how long have you been at it?

After having Hunter I was having a hard time finding the time to work out on my own. I knew I needed to sign up for a class where I would have to be a little more accountable for showing up. Jon was overseas and joined a crossfit gym on the base. He really liked it and noticed a huge difference. I watched the crossift games on TV. I was a little intimidated to join but I was also excited to make a change. I’ve been doing crossfit for about 9 months and love it.

What 5 Valleys members inspire and motivate you to keep working hard?

I think everyone keeps me motivated to work hard. I love the support. Even when I’m one of the last ones to finish there’s people who cheer you on to the end. The atmosphere is great. I try not to compare myself to others very much. It just makes me frustrated. I just keep competing against myself and as long as I keep improving I’m happy.

Do you have a favorite and least favorite exercise and if so what are they?

I think my least favorite exercise is the row machine. I’m getting better at it but if you give me a choice I would much rather run. My favorite exercise is back squats. I also didn’t like push press very much, but I feel like I’m improving so lately I’ve actually like those too.

What is your favorite place to eat in Missoula and why?

My favorite place to eat is Ciao Mambos. Jon and I will go there and share the nachos. They are so good! Last time they even brought out some dough for Hunter to make shapes with. They would have baked it for him but he ate it instead.

What is your top choice for workout music?

This is kind of a hard question to answer for me because I listen to pretty much anything. Honestly most of the time during crossfit I tend to tune out the music unless it’s turned up real loud. I’m a little embarrassed to admit this but the best music to run to is the Top Gun and Footloose soundtracks. Footloose has a good beat and Iceman and Maverick make me motivated to move faster:).

Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in 2015?

I want to keep improving all around but focus on my upper body strength. I’d like to do pull-ups without the band. I’d also like to loose a litte around the middle. I’ve cut out a lot of the processed carbs in my diet and have already noticed a difference. I’ve also noticed I feel a lot better and have more energy.

It’s starting to get nicer and nicer out. What are your favorite things to do in the summertime?

I pretty much enjoy anything as long as it’s outside but I like to go camping in the mountains. I think I like it most because you just leave everything behind. There’s no chores and I’m not thinking about what time it is.

Meet a Member – Chris Sharp

Hi Chris tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.

I have been a truck driver for baker commodities for the last seven years. I have a wife of 17 years, son Ashton 8, & daughter Angela 20. I like to hunt, fish, camp, bike, hike…really anything outdoors. Occasionally, I like to do projects around the house. We have lived in west riverside for the past five years.

What kind of exercise or sports were you doing pre-CrossFit?

I did some 5k runs, Insanity and t25 workout DVDs, and a little bit of weight lifting.

What made you decide to give CrossFit a go and how long have you been at it?

I was looking for a new challenge and thought I would like to have actual coaching and instruction rather than just follow along to DVDs. I wanted to learn new exercises and have more variety in my workouts vs same same routines on videos. I’ve been at 5 Valleys since November and it was everything I had been looking for and more.

What are the biggest changes you’ve seen physically and mentally since starting CrossFit?

I feel way better about myself both physically and mentally. I’ve lost weight, gotten a ton stronger and have a lot more energy. I can now do many things that I could not do when I first started and it’s awesome to continually learn and improve with every workout.

You competed in the CrossFit Open this year. What did you think about it and what did you learn?

It was awesome, scary and fun. I was very nervous about it but wanted to take the challenge. I learned I can’t take it too seriously and the most important thing is to have fun and give your best effort. It was also great having everyone around participating and cheering you on.

What is your favorite place to eat in Missoula and why?

River City Grill, Local good food. (and taco del sol)

What is your top choice for workout music?

Anything loud and fast

Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in 2015?

Nothing specific just want to keep on improving and enjoying myself.
It’s starting to get nicer and nicer out. What are your favorite things to do in the summertime?
Camp, Fish, …and an upcoming house remodel!!! Which is exciting at least right now anyway:)